How do you make a deliberately vague and anonymous website findable?
March 23, 2012 9:27 AM Subscribe
I'm looking for ways to improve my (non-commercial and very new) anonymous online presence-- to make it easy for potential readers to find my personal blog and Twitter account. If this were any other sort of site I would know (or be able to figure out) what to do, but because it's anonymous (and by definition/subject matter a bit vague) I'm not sure where to start.
posted by sockless to Computers & Internet (10 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
In an effort to make a new set of internet friends and to have some much-needed contact with what is kind of the outside world for me (long story), I've put together an anonymous blog and related Twitter account (both just a few weeks old). I'd like to increase my readership for three reasons: 1) So that I'm not writing (speaking) into a void, 2) To get some feedback on whether people are interested in the content, what they might like to hear more about, and if they even like my writing style, and 3) To have the aforementioned contact with new people. If it doesn't go without saying, I'm not at all looking to profit financially from any of this.
I'm going for Anonymity Level 2: Difficult for parents and neighbors to find, and not googleable in a way that identifies me or my specific location. I want to be able to write freely and not have to have a conversation with my family about every post, and a big part of the blog is that i want to talk in general terms about where I live, albeit carefully (and with the worst-case-scenario-assumption that somebody, somewhere will eventually figure out who and where I am). I know that readership and Twitter friends will likely come with time and regular updates and tweets, but I'd like to do what I can now to make it happen faster, or better, or whatever. Looking to actively (but not necessarily aggressively) make improvements.
These are my specific questions:
I've built six commercial Wordpress sites and my SEO skills are passable for niche product- and service-related sites, but in the case of this anonymous blog I haven't the slightest clue what sort of keywords/title tags/natural content I should focus on, since I'm being deliberately vague in the content. Are there examples of successful anonymous "here's-my-kinda-sorta-weird-living-situation" blogs that I can look at (and view the source code of) for inspiration? Where should I start looking for other blogs to link back to me (and vice-versa)-- should they have a similar theme? What else can I be doing -- both in terms of SEO and exposure?
Since I'm intentionally excluding my existing set of friends and have my Twitter account set up to correspond with my blog name (for anonymity), I don't have a built-in group of friends to follow (and who follow back) as a jumping-off point. I've added a lot of MeFites but would like to branch out and find additional interesting people (not celebrities) to follow, and who might be interested in following me back. Idea is to increase random daily small interactions with people, which can totally make my day, and also maybe introduce some new people to the blog. Thoughts on how to do this with an anonymous account? I think this is easier than the blog part but I could use some casual strategies. I have been linking (selectively) to my new blog posts on Twitter but with 9 followers on a 10-day old account it's obviously not yet impacting traffic in a huge way.
There's no way that I'm the first person to do this and it has to be possible, but I could definitely use some advice and expertise.